Two deserter SPO’s among four JeM rebels killed in Pulwama

Four rebels of Jaish-e-Mohammad ( JeM) including two Special Police Officers (SPOs)-turned-rebels were killed in a 15-hour-long gunfight with forces in a village in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday. A police spokesperson said on a specific information about presence of rebels at Panjran village in Litter area of Pulwama, a cordon and search operation was launched on Thursday evening by joint party comprising army’s 44 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir police. “As the searches were going on, hiding rebels fired on the…

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Four rebels, Civilian killed during two gunfights in south Kashmir

Four rebels and a civilian, who the police said was an associate of the rebels, were killed in two gunfights in south Kashmir on Friday. While two Hizbul Mujahideen rebels and a civilian were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Shopian district, two rebels were killed in an encounter in the Tral area of Pulwama district. They are believed to be associated with the Jaish-e-Mohammed and their identity is yet to be ascertained. One of the rebels killed in the Shopian gun battle has been identified as Adil…

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One Civilian killed, 70 injured as protestors help rebels escape the siege

A man was killed and at least 70 people were injured in clashes in Indian Kashmir on Wednesday as protestors helped rebels escape two separate sieges by government forces, police and hospital authorities said. While protests in support of the surrounded rebels have increased on the Indian side of the divided territory in recent years, it is rare for insurgents to escape. Militant groups fighting the 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed there demand independence or a merger with Pakistan. Thousands of villagers poured onto roads Wednesday as two suspected rebels fought…

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Despite the win, Modi can’t scrap 370, neither authority to decide next CM: Farooq Abdullah

Farooq Abdullah, National Conference (NC) chief and newly elected Member of Parliament from Srinagar, said on Friday that no matter how powerful the electoral mandate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he could not remove Articles 370 and 35A. He said the preservation of Articles 35A and 370, besides grant of regional autonomy to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, would be the main plank of his party, while exuding confidence that NC would form the next government in the state on its own. “No matter how powerful the Prime Minister has become after winning…

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Zakir Musa, Kashmir’s most wanted rebel killed in Tral

Zakir Rasheed Bhat alias Zakir Musa, Kashmir’s most-wanted rebel and chief of terror outfit Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), an offshoot of Al-Qaeda, is believed to have been killed today evening in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Musa was on top of the most-wanted list for quite some time now and had been eluding the security forces for more than six years. He had joined Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in July 2013, leaving his engineering degree at a Punjab college midway. Son of an engineer working with the Jammu and Kashmir Government, Musa…

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Kashmir shuts on resistance call, Mirwaiz house arrest, March to Eidgah foiled

The authorities in Kashmir on Tuesday foiled the proposed march by the separatists to the Eidgah ground in Srinagar by imposing restrictions in old city areas and also keeping the “martyrs’ graveyard” out of bounds for the visitors. The authorities also put moderate Hurriyat Conference leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest at his Nigeen residence here as the faction led by him had called for a shutdown and Eidgah march on Tuesday to commemorate the death anniversaries of two assassinated separatist leaders — Moulvi Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.…

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National Highway blockade chokes Kashmir as traffic remained disrupted for fifth consecutive day

The traffic on the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway remained disrupted for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday as only stranded vehicles were allowed to move on the road after the clearance of debris of landslides that have hit the highway since Wednesday. Though the traffic was scheduled to be restricted to defence vehicles only on Sunday, the authorities allowed stranded vehicles, mostly trucks carrying essential commodities, to move on the highway. More than 5,000 vehicles were stuck on the highway since Wednesday due to continuous landslides and shooting stones in…

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Article 370, 35A should be reviewed, scrapped: Rajnath Singh

Articles 370 and 35A have been harmful to people: Ravinder Raina Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh Sunday said Articles 370 and Article 35-A should be seriously reviewed and scrapped. While Article 370 gives autonomous status to Jammu Kashmir, Article 35-A allows the Himalayan state’s legislature to define permanent residents of the State. Speaking at a voters’ awareness programme here, Singh attacked National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah for his recent remarks that there should be a separate prime minister for Jammu Kashmir. “When a person, who has occupied a constitutional…

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Anantnag records 13.63% voter turnout, Bijbehara lowest, Pahalgam highest, 40 booths with zero voting

The first of three-phase polling for Lok Sabha polls in Anantnag constituency was held on Tuesday amidst tight security measures and witnessed 13.63 voter turnout.The polling was held at 714 polling stations across the Anantnag district, which has six Assembly segments. Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) J&K, Shailendra Kumar said overall poll percentage in the district was recorded 13.63 with highest 20.37 per cent in Pahalgam segment.He said for smooth polling, ECI had setup 714 polling stations including 21 model polling stations, 12 all women model polling stations in the district.…

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Amid tight security, Polling begins for Anantnag LS seat

Amid unprecedented security, polling started on Tuesday for the first phase of the three-phased Anantnag Lok Sabha seat in Jammu and Kashmir, election officials said. Polling began at 7 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. Heavy deployment of THE Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and state police has been made to secure the polling stations and provide safety to the voters. Security forces are also deployed along roads and hillside areas overlooking the polling stations to prevent militants from disrupting the poll process. Mobile Internet facility and train services…

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